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Onomatopoeia #25 - The Sounds You Hear Inside Your Head Are Your Japanese Personality Breaking Free!

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! As you walk over to meet your colleagues after work at the Japanese steakhouse, you hear them whisper in Japanese, "She's always willing to share her opinions of people. Let's ask her what she thinks." You say in Japanese, "Ask me what I think about who?" Your friend tells you in Japanese, "We were just talking about this new person at the office. We're not sure what to make of her. What do you think?" You respond in Japanese, "Do you want to know what I really think?" Your friends all say in Japanese, "Yes, definitely! Tell us!" You reply in Japanese, "Well, I haven't spoken to her much, but her hair's always a mess and she's never very put together." You continue in Japanese, "Her desk is never organized, and she seems to spend a lot of time dillydallying around other people's desks...usually men. But she's..." Your friends cut you off in Japanese, "Wow, you're straightforward. Why don't you tell us how you really feel!" Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese Onomatopoeia lesson will teach you how to use many Japanese words and expressions that have to do with people's personalities. In this lesson, you'll learn how to describe people's positive and negative attributes using Japanese onomatopoeia. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・

Onomatopoeia #24 - What Does Androgyny Sound Like in Japanese?

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Your Japanese friends all seemed very interested in the videos they hand on their iPods, and you weren't sure why. You tried to phrase your Japanese very politely as you asked them what held them in such rapt attention. You friends respond in Japanese, "We're, um, listening to some music, Japanese music." You question more in depth in Japanese, "Is it traditional Japanese music? Can I listen?" You notice your friends exchanging nervous glances, but they finally answer in Japanese, "It's more like rock, but with some unusual styles, but you can listen." Your Japanese friends plug in an ear bud for you, and you give a listen to the music. Something isn't quite right, but you can't quite tell what's wrong. The music isn't it. Then you figure it out...your Japanese friends are carefully hiding the screens on their iPods. Curiosity piqued, you want to see what they are hiding! You tell them in Japanese, "Let me see the video!" They still try to avoid showing it, but you insist, and finally, they relent. Shocked, you reply in Japanese, "Wow, not bad music for an all girl band, and a couple of them are pretty cute. I like the lead singer's long, silky hair. And the drummer is really tall and thin!" Your Japanese friends all look a bit sheepish and keep quiet, but finally one of them speaks up in Japanese. "This band is all guys." Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese Onomatopoeia lesson shows you how to use various Japanese onomatopoetic words to describe people and surfaces in Japanese. Thin, fat, slim, chubby, and slick are just some of the words you'll learn to say in Japanese. It's a perfect lesson to improve your ability to gossip in Japanese. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・
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Onomatopoeia #23 - Baked Goods Cornucopia of Onomatopoeia

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You cannot believe your luck. You tell your girlfriend in Japanese, "You won't believe what happened." "What?" she answers excitedly in Japanese. "I've got a dream job. It's so good you won't believe it." Surprised, she asks in Japanese, "You got a job? Here in Japan? Well, your Japanese must be getting really good for you to get a job." Unsure, you explain in Japanese, "I don't know about that, but listen to this. I'm the new assistant of quality control at the Tokyo cookie factory. I get to eat cookies all day long and get paid for it!" Now your girlfriend is really impressed. She replies in Japanese, "Wow, getting paid to eat. How are you going to get ready for your job?" You tell her in Japanese, "I'm learning a whole new set of words in Japanese to describe foods I'll be tasting, especially cookies. I've learned the words for 'crunchy,' 'crispy,' 'fluffy,' 'hard,' 'stiff,' 'rich,' 'fatty,' even 'spicy' and 'sticky.'" Your friend dampens your enthusiasm with, "That sounds great...and your Japanese is improving, but you should talk to my friend. She had a job like that once, and she quit after a week." Bewildered, you ask in Japanese, "Why did she quit her job in quality control?" Your girlfriend answers sadly, "She thought she'd get paid to eat. Turns out, she never ate any of the cookies, cakes, or pies. All she ever did was taste a sample, write down the evaluation, and spit it out again. You don't get to eat, only taste." Sounded too good to be true... Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese Onomatopoeia lesson will teach you the onomatopoeia of food. You can't eat in complete silence, and every food makes a different sound. So in Japanese, the words describing the textures of the foods are onomatopoetic. Study this Japanese lesson while you crunch on a cookie. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・

Onomatopoeia #22 - Rain or Shine, Your Japanese Will Never Be Dull After This!

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  Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Do you feel uncomfortable when there's nothing to talk about? Imagine the extra discomfort of having nothing to talk about in Japanese. You should follow that long-standing tradition of talking about the weather. You can imagine the situation. You see the weather change as you stand outside in Kyoto, Japan so you turn to your companion and say, in Japanese, "Do you think it's going to rain?" He responds, "It looks cloudy and gloomy. I think I see rain falling over the mountains, up there." You comfortably answer in Japanese, "Well, it's probably coming this way. Where should we go? We don't want to get soaked. It doesn't look like a light rain coming." The weather comes at you quickly in Japan, and in a moment, you and your companion are running for shelter from the downpour. You're going to get soaked. Well, it doesn't matter much; at least you learned all the words for rain and weather in your Japanese lessons. Without them, you might have been left standing there in the rain! Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese lesson will teach you  to talk about the weather in Japanese. We can't tell you how to change it or how to avoid it, but we sure can tell you how to describe it. You'll learn Japanese words for drizzle, soaked, sprinkle, cloudy, and more. You'll not be at a loss for words in Japanese when you can talk about the weather. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・

Onomatopoeia #21 - Can Your Japanese Affect Your Health?!

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Talking with the manager today didn't make you feel any better, did it? Managers don't understand all the stress they put on us, and in Japan, it is no different. Every day you will find yourself ready to drop from all the work, not to mention the fact that you are learning to speak Japanese at the same time! Your boss seems concerned though. He asks in Japanese every day, "Are you all right? Do you feel okay?" You have all sorts of symptoms of disease...but again, you are still learning to speak Japanese. How do you even begin to tell him in Japanese, "I have a pounding headache, my eyes are puffy, my ears are ringing, and my throat is sore!" That's just the beginning, too! Even your skin is prickling. Maybe you've started to pick up allergies? Come to think of it...it all started when that new person came into your little department in the Japanese firm. Do you suppose you're allergic to him? That would be too bad...he's cute. Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese lesson is all about Japanese onomatopoetic words of the symptoms of disease. You'll learn how to say how you feel in the head, the eyes, the ears, the throat, the stomach, even how your skin feels in Japanese. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・